A misunderstood afternoon left Arsenal three points minus of leaders Manchester United.
The Gunners gave their best against the Black Cats but were unable to find a break-through as Steve Bruce’s army struggled to put an end of the last four successive defeats.
Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager, was very frustrated by the timekeeping of the officials after Sunderland equalised in stoppage time to deny his side victory.
Darren Bent’s goal came in the fifth minute of stoppage time when four minutes had been shown on the board.
Wenger said: “If you have a watch, you can control. It’s as simple as that,” said Wenger.
The Frenchman appeared for a duel with the fourth official Martin Atkinson in protest, but replied moments later: “I complain to nobody, especially not you.”
As a conclusion, the Frenchman added: “It was outside the four minutes. I know the referee can give more than four, it’s a minimum of four minutes. But in the four minutes nothing happened to justify the extension of the time. But I cannot do anything about that.”
Arsenal victories: 10
Sunderland victories: 3
Recent Meetings in Premiere League
2010/2011: Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal
2009/2010: Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland
2009/2010: Sunderland 1-0 Arsenal
2008/2009: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
2008/2009: Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal
2007/2008: Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal
2007/2008: Arsenal 3-2 Sunderland
2005/2006: Sunderland 0-3 Arsenal
2005/2006: Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
In the nine occasions that Arsenal have hosted Sunderland, whether that be at Highbury of the Emirates, only once have they failed to find the back of the net.
Sunderland have never beaten the Gunners away from home during the Premier League era, Arsenal winning seven of nine clashes in North London.